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it was hurricane sandy, the need to spend on the home; whether it was the tragedy in connecticut, and took away the feel-good factor-- it was a confluence of events that led to a "should have been better" holiday season. >> reporter: a big part of the problem was in the densely populated northeast, where more than a fifth of country's retail sales take place. holiday spending priorities shifted after hurricane sandy as homeowners focused more on repairs than on gifts. also dragging down sales was uncertainty about the so-called fiscal cliff, tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect next year. if lawmakers don't reach a deal to avoid it, consumers could see higher taxes eating into their paychecks. even online sales suffered. compared to past years of double-digit growth, this year, online holiday sales rose only about 8%, compared to nearly 16% last year. overall, holiday spending accounts for up to 30% of retailers' annual sales, so the disappointing season is a concern for an economy struggling to recover. >> consumers need to have more confidence. consumers need to feel that their jobs
, and then have slowly been settling down and that was mostly because of superstorm sandy. so today with the level at this more palatable sort of level at 350,000 the big question is will today be just a blip or will this be the beginning of a trend, and that's what you really want to see. you want to see the level of layoffs continuing to at least stay the same and obviously you want to see them come down but at the same time you also want to see hiring happening and that's where that government jobs report that we focus on once a month, that's where that comes into play. we're going to get the next one next week, that government jobs report and the big worry, carol, that's hanging over all of this is the fiscal cliff. although we're still in the middle of wondering what congress is going to do about it, companies are already holding back hiring so that is clearly impacting the jobs market but the good news once again is the layoffs are slowing, down 12,000 to 350,000 last week. carol? >> thank you very much, washington. alison kosik thank you so much. >>> growing outrage over the decision of a n
by hurricane sandy. the 60-foot-long whale is believed to be female and was founded on wednesday. firefighters are spraying her with saltwater. marine biologists are not optimistic about the whale's chances of survival. >>> families are being allowed back into their homes in the neighborhood just outside of rochester, new york. they were forced out on christmas eve after a shooting incident that left two firefighters dead. we have new details about the gunman. >> reporter: the foundation is awe that remains of this home in webster, new york, one of seven burned on christmas eve. speng ler shot at firefighters when they arrived. off-duty policeman john ritter got there seconds after the firefighters. >> there was a lot of explosion and i looked at my windshield and there was ball it hole in front of me. he barked his car up to try to protect firefighters but spengler was able to shoot four firefighters, killing two of them. >> i'm full of many mixed emotions of, a, being here and them not being here. >> reporter: when police arrived, spengler took his life but left a note saying he planned on t
a quarter of what was expected. superstorm sandy - along with the looming fiscal cliff are being partially blamed for the decline. >> vicki: if you got a new gadget this year that will replace an old one you may be wondering what to do with that old phone or tablet. recycle it or sell it kron 4's tech reporter gabe slate shows you how to get top dollar for your used gadgets or how to properly and safely help the environment by recycling your old device. >> the quicker you or sell your old, used a device the more money will get for it. new products are constantly being released and your used devices will not last long. every month you wait the less valuable if is. tiepin what you are selling and they will keep you a price range. there are a ton of catches out there, but it can be intimidating online. however, there are three that i would recommend they are legitimate. you can occurred just as much as it selling it privately. cash for cell phones and and gazelle .com and they will tell you with a free shipping label to print out and mail in your to become. they wi
first responders at sandy hook and columbine were the teachers themselves. they put their lives in front of these bullets and in front of the shooters. let's not disarm these folks. we are certainly not training them to roam the hall ways looking for the shooter. we want to institute this conceal carry option in line with the district policies or school policies for the lockdown. when the lockdown fails, when the shooter gets into the classroom, the teacher doesn't need to do a lot of tactical training to access and engage a firearm pointed at the shooter that is to ten feet away and press the trigger. alleviating the option of jumping in front of the kids to soak up the bullet. >> cara costello talked with david keene about the move to arm teachers. here's what he had to say. >> 23,000 schools today that have armed guards. private schools and public schools. cops in the school program was initiated in the 1990s by bill clinton. whether an individual school wants that protection or doesn't want that protection is really up to the individual school and when we made that statement, whether
a quarter of what was expected. superstorm sandy -- along with the looming fiscal cliff are being partially blamed for the decline. here in the bay area. malls were bustling again today. this time with shoppers looking to *return gifts. new at eight. kron-4's scott rates shows us the post- chirstmas shopping scene in daly city. >> it has been one return after another at this disney store. >> this pesky white elephant? >> i did not like the smell >> they were packed. >> this is $9.99 a press normally 20. >> this is from the lion king. and his entire bedroom is the lion king. >> according to the advisory electronics and jewelry increased by 0.7 percent compared to last year. it is the worst sales performance since 2008. but it does not seem like it. >> it has been incredibly busy and it feels like i am in and and farm. >> people are feeling the crowds. a spokesperson a sign that you can expect these crops for the rest of the year. in daly city, scott rates, kron 4. >> the country is inching closer to falling off the so-called "fiscal cliff" -- a series of tax hikes and spending cuts set to ta
at sandy hook, the push is on to add more states to that list. arizona's attorney general wants every school principal or the principal's designee armed. in ohio, applications at one shooting course for teachers are up 20%. some gun advocates say arming teachers is a lot like arming airline pilots, simply knowing that someone on campus might be carrying a gun could be enough to stop the bad guys. in 1997, an armed high school vice principal in mississippi did manage to stop a 16-year-old shooter on a rampage. but there was also columbine. 15 people died and the armed security officer on campus and another one nearby could not stop it. >> the nra's blanket call to arm our schools is really nothing more than a distraction. >> reporter: some teachers in utah say they want more gun training. and organizers are already plank another class for the next holiday break. >> i can go up and over. >> reporter: cecilia vega, abc news, los angeles. >> our thanks to cecilia tonight. >>> we turn now to made in america tonight and to a hopeful headline from ford tonight. in fact, the automaker announc
't manage to go to a toy store. visions of the sandy hook elementary school massacre were in her head. >> i couldn't take the shopping and seeing all the little kids 5-year-olds, 6-year-olds, particularly saddens me. >> reporter: she bought gift cards instead and none of the extra stuff she might have been found being in stores. december retail is a bummer in the news and stores. >> this is not at all a good holiday season for the retailer. >> reporter: it could have been for the customer. >> 495. our price is 179 and an additional 10% now. >> reporter: and no one is buying it? >> not yet. >> reporter: this shop slashed prices as retailers did all over the country. still, it was not a good christmas for her nor most others. >> it started out all right and it just dropped off about a week ago. >> reporter: that's when it should have been booming. as it turned out this was the worst season since the country was mired in recession 2008. sales were up fractionally. expectations were up 3 to 4%. >> the controversy around this "fiscal cliff" kicked in and people started feeling more fearful, cons
their respects to the shooting victims at sandy hook elementary school. residents yesterday took turns monitoring candles that had been lit on christmas eve, one candle for each of the vils. >>> this los angeles today, gun owners could swap weapons for groceries. gun owners were asked to come with unloaded weapons in the trunks of their vehicles in exchange for a $100 gift certificate for groceries. they got a $200 gift certificate if they turned in a so-called assault weapon of the buy-back program happens in the spring but was moved up this year because of the school shooting in connecticut. >> a newspaper that covers two counties north of new york city is at the sfr of a controversy after it posted a map online showing the names and addresses of handgun permit holders. on sunday, the journal news published interactive maps of westchester and rockland counties showing information about pistol and revolver permit holders. critics say it puts supporters in danger. opponents say it will show you neighbors are armed and were not not. >>> the day after christmas around the country was a rough day fo
. if that sounds familiar, it was one of the areas leveled by hurricane sandy. and a phi sparked by the storm, the 50-foot long whale is believed to be a female hump back. experts say the likelihood of it surviving isn't good. the whale appears to be very skinny and weak. >>> lathis afternoon, the late daniel inouye's successor will be appointed. brian schatz will fill the seat. he's flying to d.c. with president obama. he was widely expecteded to appoint colleen hanabusa to take over. before his death, inouye appointed her to take over. >>> there's a plan being considered in one state. >>> plus, a day at the office with one of the richest men in the world. a look at what's on warren buffett's desk. that's just ahead. when you have diabetes... your doctor will say get smart about your weight. i tried weight loss plans... but their shakes aren't always made for people with diabetes. that's why there's glucerna hunger smart shakes. they have carb steady, with carbs that digest slowly to help minimize blood sugar spikes. and they have six grams of sugars. with fifteen grams of protein to help ma
in 2006, including most recently kids hit hard by superstorm sandy. we have the grinch with us, along with 12-year-old tyler, you are noel, miles over there, and kennedy. welcome to all of you. good to see you all and grinch, good to have you here. >> thank you, a pleasure to be here. >> you talk like that all the time? >> oh, yes i do. >> excellent. these kids are all local, from around the area. >> yes. >> you're from? >> hooville. >> of course you are. tell me about this foundation and what you've done with it. >> this foundation is incredible with madison square garden, the garden of dreams foundation is working to create experiences and dreams for children facing obstacles in their lives, whether it be a book drive or appearances with celebrities such as yours truly, we create dreams. >> we appreciate that. noel, you faced some obstacles in your life. do you mind if i tell our viewers about some of them? >> no, i don't mind. >> you have dealt with rheumatoid arthritis, gau coma and uvitis and turret's syndr e syndrome. >> this has given me so many opportunities that you only you
are operatings on a one-hour delay currently. jon: didn't this same area get hit pretty hard by sandy a few months ago? they must have have a lot work to do? misery on top of more misery. >> reporter: you're absolutely right about that. governor andrew cuomo is warning power companies to be on their toes because of this they were criticized with the slow response to get the power cut back on. many residents in the dark and the told for a couple of weeks. the governor activated his emergency operations center in the state of new york as the upper portions of the state were expected to get a whole lot of snow but for the kids at home, i will mess up my goldloves here. they're not making the best snowballs. jon: really? i thought it was, she has a good arm. >> reporter: i think i sprayed my photographer in the face a little bit with my fancy new gloves. jon: is that hat, a fox news issued hat? that is proper equipment for this weather. >> reporter: called, keeping you warm. jon: should have told the assignment desk you wanted to go to miami. >> reporter: next time yeah. pack up a bikini instea
power center and companies criticized for the response following superstorm sandy that they need to be on their toes. gregg: anna kooiman, live just north of scranton, pennsylvania. thank you very much. patti ann: unfortunately this is the just the beginning for the northeast. winter storm warnings still in effect for most of that region as well as michigan. according to, more than 1700 flights were canceled yesterday and more than 350 flights nationwide have been already canceled today. gregg: we are getting word from a spokesman for former president h.w. bush saying mr. bush has been moved now to intensive care. he is in guarded condition. he is 88 years old and the former president has been hospitalized in houston since november 23rd. bronchitis and a lingering cough. we'll get a live report on his condition later on in the newscast. patti ann: those are just some of the many stories we're following this morning in "america's newsroom." still to come a new battle over the president's health care law and the supreme court's latest ruling against one of america's
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